Pacific Rim Uprising made some pretty significant changes to the status quo of the first film, some of which haven’t sat well with many fans. Now, director Steven S. DeKnight has explained why the film made its single, most significant, decision. That decision and this is a spoiler if you haven’t seen Uprising, is that the movie kills off the character of Mako Mori, the most popular character in the original movie. Steven S. DeKnight takes full responsibility for the decision, though he doesn’t take it lightly.
He says that the decision to kill off the character was made because the story required it, so much so that the sequence was in the movie even before the character was. Steven S. DeKnight takes a pretty deep dive into a lot that we didn’t know about Pacific Rim Uprising on Twitter as a response to a fan who expressed his disappointment with the way Mako Mori’s character was handled in the sequel. It turns out that, while Mori’s fate was always going to be what it was, with her being the victim of a helicopter crash caused by a rogue Jaeger, there was originally going to be a lot more done with the death.
Originally, there were more scenes with Mako Mori in them earlier in the movie and more scenes afterward which dealt with the death, giving the big moment more weight in the film. Unfortunately, these other scenes were either cut, including a sequence where Mako explains to her brother Jake (John Boyega) what happened to Raleigh Beckett, the co-lead of the first film, and why she can’t pilot a Jaeger anymore, or they were never filmed, like a massive funeral for Mori that included a Jaeger honor guard.
Pacific Rim Uprising director Steve S. DeKnight has revealed that Mako Mori’s story will continue in Pacific Rim 3, should it happen. Mako (played by Rinko Kikuchi) was a co-protagonist in the original Pacific Rim but was killed off rather unceremoniously at the end of Uprising‘s first act. Her death further irked fans of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim because it seemingly served little purpose other than to provide motivation for Uprising lead Jake Pentecost (John Boyega); making it an example of the sexist storytelling trope in which a female character is killed largely for the purpose of serving a male character’s arc.
Of course, in the world of science-fiction, death isn’t necessarily the end for anyone. DeKnight is now offering his assurances that Mako’s death was not something included lightly in Uprising and that her story was always meant to continue on in a third Pacific Rim film. The director has further revealed than in an earlier version of Uprising, Mako even survived the helicopter crash that took her life in the sequel and ended up in a coma, instead. Internationally, the film will be available in the UK on Digital on June 4 and on Blu-ray and DVD on June 18, and in Australia on Digital on June 20 and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 4.
The 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD releases will include more than forty minutes of bonus content. The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-ray version, all in 4K resolution.
Be sure to watch our exclusive bonus featurette in the player above wherein John Boyega spotlights the film’s main Jaeger, Gipsy Avenger, and be sure to check out the new box art below along with all the details on the home release’s bonus features!
In the end, DeKnight says that Uprising was always meant to be the second part of a trilogy, and that “a concept revolving around Mako” was meant to be a big part of the third movie. The director won’t elaborate on this, and one has to wonder if the reason why is because some element of this idea could still be part of a third Pacific Rim movie. Uprising clearly set up the third film, and with overseas box office numbers, the movie did quite well, so there’s a decent chance we could see that third film come to life.